By Lorenzo Natali

This publication brings the visible measurement of environmental crimes and harms into the sphere of eco-friendly criminology. It exhibits how photographic photographs gives you a method for eliciting narratives from those that dwell in polluted parts – describing intimately and from their viewpoint what they be aware of, imagine and suppose concerning the truth within which they locate themselves residing. Natali makes the argument for constructing a visible procedure for eco-friendly criminology, with a unmarried case-study as its imperative concentration, revealing the significance of utilizing photograph elicitation to understand and increase the reflexive and energetic function of social actors within the symbolic and social development in their environmental reports. studying the a number of interactions among the photographs and the phrases used to explain the socio-environmental worlds within which we are living, this publication is a decision to open the eyes of eco-friendly criminology to wider and richer explorations of environmental harms and crimes. An leading edge and interesting examine, this article will be of specific curiosity to students of environmental crime and cultural, eco-friendly and visible criminologies.

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The goal is to draw attention to “how we think about what we are going to study before we actually start our research, and how our pictures of what that part of the social world is like, and what the work of the social scientist is like, get made” (Becker 1998: 8). In fact, these ideas outline the initial directions of our exploration and generate the first set of theoretical questions. The image-guide proposed—in my case, the hot air balloon—is retained throughout the practical moments of the research, as it is always necessary to re-examine Fig.

CHAPTER 4 Ways of Seeing the Elephant in the Room: Images and Words Abstract In this chapter, I describe how photo elicitation can serve as a new source of qualitative data in environmental research and how it is crucial in promoting narratives about social perceptions of contamination. I also explain how photographs are decisive in becoming a reflexive and collaborative “bridge” between subjects and researchers. Furthermore, I suggest that this approach helps (1) to investigate the social perceptions of some transformations of the territory—often highly dramatic, as in the case of polluting plants built close to a town—introduced within a certain socio-environmental context in the course of time; and (2) to place these perceptions within the cultural, symbolical and natural worlds inhabited by the social actors, recognizing the active role of these actors in the construction of their unique experiences.

Back where I am staying, I discover that there is a demonstration on behalf of the workers of a firm that has recently shut down, making redundant nearly 200 of them. So I go to the demonstration and take a few photos. Thus, I am immersed in a “here and now” where events continue to happen in a chaotic evolution that I am trying to slow down in order to make visible the connections among the events encountered. Photography is, after all, one of the ways available to a researcher in the field to “slow down” the events and have the “time” to know (Fig.

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